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November 21, 1970 - US Special Forces raid the prisoner of war camp at Son Tay, North Vietnam. In 1970, the decision was made to attempt liberate 70 American POWs that were being held at Son Tay approximately 23 miles west of Hanoi. After extensive planning and training at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the raiders, led by Colonel Arthur "Bull" Simons deployed to Thailand for the mission. Launching on the night of November 20/21 (right), the Special Forces successfully eliminated the guards and captured the POW camp. A subsequent search found all of the prisoners had been moved to a different camp a few months earlier and the raiders departed empty-handed. Though no one was liberated, the mission was deemed a "tactical success."

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Photograph Courtesy of the US Air Force

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